Oaksey march on as title rivals stumble
LEAGUE leaders Oaksey march on while their nearest challengers faltered in the Cain & Fuller CDCA League.
The latest Oaksey win came at Avening & Cherington where an unbeaten knock by Tom Cook (93*), with good support from skipper Andy Steward (47) and Abrar Qureshi (29), allowed the visitors to post 211-4.
Bruce Walker (44) gave Avening & Cherington a good start in reply but Matt Denney (3-28) pegged them back.
Despite useful contributions from Tom Redpath (35) and Dan Griffiths (30) the hosts fell well short on 178-7.
Ashton Keynes completed the double over second placed Barnsley Beeches with Ashton’s 194-9 mainly down to Will Shelley (87) while Akalanka Udara (2-21), Jay Thomson (2-29) and Tom Dykes (2-44) were the pick of the home bowlers.
Barnsley openers Yohan Darmathileka (53) and Andrew Walker (31) gave them an excellent start but Tom Waller (4-13) made the breakthrough then Jack Thomas (4-12) precipitated a collapse with Barnsley being bowled out for 132.
Minety & Northleach remain in contention after a good win over Longborough & Sezincote.
Openers Tony Gardner (69) and Giles Wellman (45) laid an excellent platform but a good spell from Joe Newbould (3-27) restricted the hosts to 179-7.
A good spell from Darren Hall (3-43) put pressure on Longborough but Ryan Theron (43), Josh Newbould (36) and John Mutsaars (29) brought them back into the contest.
However skipper Gardner (4-24) capped a fine all round performance as Longborough were bowled out for 152.
South Cerney gave themselves a much needed boost with a good win at Oakridge who started well with Ed Bryant (38) looking dangerous.
He received little support as Chris Wearing (2-35) and Matt Hicks (2-25) took wickets then Jason Stevens (4-18) cleaned up the tail to restrict Oakridge to 119 all out.
South Cerney also found batting difficult as Ben Woodcock (2-15) and Sam Grimstead (2-28) bowled well. However James Bayliss (26) and Matt Hicks (24) saw them home by four wickets.
Bibury won comfortably at Fairford II to give them only their second win of the season.
An excellent opening partnership of 159 between James Richardson (105) and Ed Robinson (62) laid the foundation for Bibury’s 234-8 with Ben Goodey (3-50) and Daniel Godwin (2-35) the pick of the home bowlers.
A steady stream of wickets proved to be Fairford’s downfall as Sachin Bandara (3-19) and Nouan Wickie (5-57) bowled well. Ben Cohoon (31) provided early promise and Richard Young (38) some late runs but Fairford were all out for 175.